The Valspar Corp. has announced the opening of a new research and development center in Shunde, China. The Valspar Applied Science and Technology Center will employ more than 200 scientists to support the continued growth of Valspar in Asia Pacific and Valspar’s research and development on a global basis.
“This facility enables us to bring a higher level of value to our relationships in the Asia Pacific region by allowing us to be closer to our customers,” said Valspar president and CEO Gary Hendrickson. “The research and development center will give our customers a unique competitive advantage. Valspar’s strategy is to continue to invest in our people and our businesses in China.”
Valspar’s 2011 global sales totaled $4 billion, including sales in Asia Pacific of $1 billion. Nearly half of the sales in the Asia Pacific region are in China, where Valspar currently has five manufacturing facilities. Valspar produces and sells coatings for numerous end markets in China, including consumer paints, food and beverage packaging, shipping containers, furniture, building products, and agricultural and construction equipment.